Pastor

fatherjohnFather John was born in Dobbs Ferry, a small river community in the Hudson Valley on 2 June 1948. He grew up in the Village of Irvington, New York, which is the home of Washington Irving. He attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Apostolic School from 1962 -1966. He entered the Order of Augustinian Recollects in 1966 as a novice. He made simple vows in August, 1967 and solemn vows in 1972 at the Monastery of St. Augustine, Kansas City, Kansas. Fr. John majored in economics and philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri from where he graduated magna cum laude in May, 1971. He earned a Master’s degree in Economics from Fordham University, New York in 1973. He entered Woodstock college, Jesuit School of Theology, New York City and earned a Master of Divinity (3 year program) in 1974. In 1975 he earned advanced degree in Sacred Scripture from Union Theological School, New York City, 1975.

On 14 June 1975, Flag Day, Bishop Patrick Ahearn, of the Archdiocese of New York, ordained Father John to the priesthood in Immaculate Conception Church, Irvington, the church where he was baptized, received first Eucharist and was confirmed.

In 1981 Fr. John joined the Diocese of Albany, New York and was incardinated into the Diocese in 1986.

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Priestly Career:

1975- 1981

Parish Priest, Holy Ghost Church, Omaha Nebraska. During his tenure at Holy Ghost, he was a member of the faculty at Daniel J. Gross High school, Omaha.

1981

Parish Priest , St. Mary’s Little Falls, New York

1981-1985

Faculty Member, St. Patrick’s Central High School, Catskill, New York He taught economics, psychology, and religious studies. In 1985 the graduating class dedicated their Year Book to him and he was, then, assigned to college and university ministry at Oneonta, NY

1985-1995

Campus Priest, Hartwick College, Oneonta and State College at Oneonta

1986-1995

Adjunct Professor of Religion, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York. Fr. John established the World Religions Department at Hartwick College teaching Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Isalm.

1995-2000

Appointed Pastor, St. John the Baptist Church, Schenectady, New York

After celebrating 25 years of priesthood at St. John the Baptist Church, the Diocese sent Father John to St. Marys + Our Lady of the Lake + Cooperstown, New York on June 21st, and began a new chapter in his service at St. Mary’s. He has encouraged the laity to full and active participation in the life of the parish. He is patiently dedicated to quality in the parish Religious Education program.

Fr. John has been serving as the pastor for St. Mary’s since 2000.